Sheena Van Parys, owner of Home Instead, Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently joined 9 other Thirsk business women on a fundraising coffee shop crawl to highlight a market town’s unique range of independent retail shops.
The market town of Thirsk is full of charm and welcomes many visitors each year visiting such places as the James Herriot Museum, St Mary’s Church, Rural Arts and the Thirsk Racecourse. There are a number of wonderful independent cafes and tea rooms offering good service and great food.
Despite there being a good number of quality independent cafes, the chain outlets have started to come into the town, including Caffé Nero alongside Greggs, Weatherspoon’s and Olivia’s.
The group of local business women joining Sheena Van Parys, included Deborah Goodall from Aer8 Marketing, Kelly Teagle from Website Consultants, Liz Pockington from Scandalous Affairs & Riverford Darlington & Dales, Lydia Ebdon from L M Ebdon Ltd, Niki Boersma from Fourways Guest House, Sue Thompson from Catch Designs, Sue Virdee from Checklist Safety, Daphne Smith from DSC Bookkeeping and Caroline Todd from Hot Toddi.
The ladies dressed in red and visited seven independent coffee shops and tea rooms to raise awareness and support for local businesses in Thirsk. As they walked around Thirsk visiting the coffee shops, they received much support from the local community.
Tea and coffee was the order of the day as they visited and drank in the following cafes/tea rooms in just over 2 hours; Bliss Café, White Rose Coffee Shop, Arabica, Rural Arts Café, Twilight Tearoom, Upstairs Downstairs and Yorks of Thirsk
As well as raising awareness for local businesses the group also collected over £100 in fundraising to be used towards the Thirsk Christmas lights.
The group were also joined by Vale Radio and interviewed about this good cause and the reason behind the event. To listen to this interview go to: http://www.thevaleonline.com/catchup/2014/10/21/christmas-lights-coffee-crawl
Sheena Van Parys from Home Instead commented; ‘it was great to be part of this event and to visit all the independent coffee shops in Thirsk. They make their living from visitors coming into the town and it is important that these local businesses benefit from this rather than the big chain outlets. It was also good fun and we managed to raise money at the same time for the Thirsk Christmas lights.’